A hike along the Austro-Hungarian line of defence, the imposing fortifications built at the turn of the Twentieth century to defend the southern border
There can be no doubt about the strategic importance of Garda Trentino for the Austro-Hungarian Empire given the number and scale of the fortifications above the shores of Lake Garda and the Segrom is a part of these. Barracks, trenches, tunnels and artillery positions bear witness to the complexity of this system and form a unique historic backdrop for a trek.
The first part of the hike follows the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail (signposted SAT 601), a long-distance trail which links up the most important places on the front lines during the Great War in Trentino. Here the trail largely overlaps with a military road built by the Austro-Hungarian army from 1880 onwards when work started to reinforce defences along the Italian border. The fortifications along the Segrom ridge date back to the same period and these are linked by trenches with the stronghold of Malga Zures, a considerable line of resistance in case of loss of the advanced position.
This hike presents no particular technical difficulties but it is especially rocky in the higher part of the trail.
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
You need to be wearing the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.
What should you take when you go on a hike?
What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):
Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.
... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.
More information and recommendations for hikes in places of interest associated with the First World War can be found on the website trentinograndeguerra.it
Today, Segrom – on its steeper side – is a destination for hordes of climbing enthusiasts and this face has become one of the most popular climbing walls in Garda Trentino
For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:
APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 www.gardatrentino.it
Follow directions from Nago to the Baldo road or "strada del Baldo" as far as the car park near the start of the trail SAT 601.
Free parking in Traole.